How to live stream Chelsea vs Leicester City for FREE and watch FA Cup final from anywhere on Earth

The ribbons on this year's FA Cup will be blue - but will they belong to Chelsea or Leicester City? Here's how to live stream today's FA Cup Final for free no matter where you are today

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For weeks the West Londoners and the Foxes have been locked in the battle for third, but now there’s silverware on the line - and it doesn’t get much bigger than the FA Cup. Read on for your full guide to getting a Chelsea vs Leicester City live stream and watch the FA Cup final online from anywhere. The great news is that here are free options available in some parts of the world.

Leicester and Chelsea have been the antithesis of each other for much of this season. The Foxes started brilliantly but have faded, while the Blues are now firing on all cylinders, having been well below par early on.

Leicester are in touching distance of their first trophy since that unforgettable Premier League title win of 2016, a remarkable effort given the scale of their injury crisis. Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans have been shining bright for Brendan Rodgers’ side, but they’ll need more from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison, who have been uncharacteristically quiet of late.

The contrast between the two sides could barely be starker, with Thomas Tuchel facing selection headaches in every single position. Self-inflicted midweek defeat aside, they’ve been formidable of late in both attack and defence, and an FA Cup triumph would send confidence levels sky high ahead of the Champions League final.

We've got all the info on how to live stream Chelsea vs Leicester City from anywhere. And if you're out of the country and can't access your preferred domestic broadcaster, you can always use a VPN to bypass any geo-restrictions (opens in new tab).

Chelsea vs Leicester City kick-off time

The Chelsea vs Leicester City game is being played at Wembley Stadium, and kicks off at 5.15pm BST, with coverage starting on BBC One at 4.15pm BST, on Saturday, May 15. BT Sport is also showing the FA Cup final, with its coverage starting at 3pm.

That makes it a 12.15pm ET / 9.15am PT start in the US. It'll be a very late night or early morning for football fans in Australia, with the game starting at 2.15am AEST on Sunday morning.

How to live stream Chelsea vs Leicester City if you're abroad

If you're out of the country for this weekend's FA Cup Final action, you can still get access to a live stream - simply drop a shoulder and a shimmy, and use the best VPN around to get past those geo-restrictions. 

With most domestic broadcasters locking streaming services to their country, you may hit a wall when it comes to accessing the likes of BBC iPlayer, Sportsnet Now or Kayo Sports when overseas. However, by getting yourself a handy streaming VPN, you can hop on a server within the US or UK (or anywhere else for that matter depending on where your online content is geo-restricted to), and this will switch your IP address to make it appear as if you're browsing right from the comfort of your own home.

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ExpressVPN is the champ of VPN providers (opens in new tab) with its excellent speed, plethora of security features, and, of course, its ability to unlock geo-restricted content and get us the best seat in the house for Chelsea vs Leicester City.

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How to watch Chelsea vs Leicester City: live stream FA Cup semi-final in the UK

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The Chelsea vs Leicester City game is being shown on BBC One, with coverage starting at 4.15pm BST ahead of a 5.15pm kick-off. 

BBC One is free-to-air, though you should have a valid UK TV license, and you can watch the game online via BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab), its streaming platform. 

This means you can live stream Chelsea vs Leicester City on a number of devices, including smart TVs, laptops, smartphones, tablets and games consoles.

If you aren't be in the country when Chelsea vs Leicester City is on, using a VPN (opens in new tab) will allow you to watch the FA Cup semi-final just like you would if you were at home.

How to live stream Chelsea vs Leicester City anywhere else in the world

Regardless of where you're tuning in from, there's a Chelsea vs Leicester City live stream for you that'll let you catch every pass, dribble and shot - and all of those delicious dark arts too.

The streaming options are really straightforward, with the Chelsea vs Leicester City game being shown on $5.99 per month streaming service ESPN Plus in the US, with the game set to get underway at 12.15pm ET / 9.15am PT.

Those timings also apply in Canada, where you can tune in on Sportsnet (opens in new tab) and via its Sportsnet Now (opens in new tab) streaming service, which starts at just CA$9.99 per month.

Fans based in Australia can watch Chelsea vs Man City at 2.15am AEST on Saturday night/Sunday morning either on ESPN, which is available through Foxtel, or via slick streaming service Kayo Sports (opens in new tab)

Kayo price plans start from a super cheap AUD$25 a month, but if you're new to the service you can take advantage of a FREE Kayo Sports trial (opens in new tab).

How to use a VPN to unblock any restrictions

If you're outside of your preferred broadcaster's boundaries, you can use a VPN to unblock any geo-restrictions and watch a Chelsea vs Man City live stream as if you were right at home. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to do just that.

  • VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anonymity as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
  • As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
  • Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
  • When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, including VPN for MacVPN for Android smartphones, an iPad VPN, and even a range of fairly nifty free VPNs.
  • Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it
  • To live stream Chelsea vs Leicester City, all you need to do is select a UK server from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over those geo-restrictions, with the likes of BBC iPlayer opening its online gates to you.
  • We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee (opens in new tab).

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.